Pheidole nigella Emery , Wilson, E. O., 2003

Wilson, E. O., 2003, Pheidole in the New World. A dominant, hyperdiverse ant genus., Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, pp. -1--1: 728

publication ID

20017

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scientific name

Pheidole nigella Emery
status

new status

Pheidole nigella Emery  HNS  , new status

Pheidole fabricator var. nigella Emery  HNS  1894d: 155. Syn.: Pheidole dimidiata Emery  HNS  1894d: 160, n. syn. Raised to species level in this monograph: nitidicollis  HNS  , schmalzi  HNS  .

Types Mus. Civ. Stor. Nat. Genova.

Etymology L nigella  HNS  , little dark one.

diagnosis A member of the tristis  HNS  group similar to balzani  HNS  , fabricator  HNS  , and tristis  HNS  , and distinguished from these and other species in the group by the following traits.

Major: small and dark; occiput with very broad, moderately deep median occipital concavity in full-face view; humerus in dorsaloblique view a low, smooth convexity that runs almost indistinguishably into the mesothorax; mesothoracic convexity extremely reduced, barely visible; postpetiolar node oval; weak longitudinal carinulae cover sides of pronotum.

Minor: humerus with low blunt denticle in dorsal-oblique view; pronotum and mesonotum indistinguishable in a single profile; mesonotal convexity absent.

Measurements (mm) Major ( nigella  HNS  lectotype): HW 1.06, HL 1.10, SL 0.60, EL 0.14, PW 0.50. Minor: HW 0.54, HL 0.60, SL 0.54, EL 0.10, PW 0.38.

Color Major and minor: body concolorous medium brown, appendages brownish yellow.

Range Known from Bolivia and Peru.

Biology Unknown.

figure Upper: major (syntype of synonymous P. dimidiata Emery  HNS  ). Lower: minor (syntype of synonymous P. dimidiata Emery  HNS  ). BOLIVIA: Salinas, Rio Beni, Bolivia; Luigi Balzan. (Type locality of nigella  HNS  : also Salinas, Rio Beni, Bolivia; Luigi Balzan.) Scale bars = 1 mm.

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Insecta

Order

Hymenoptera

Family

Formicidae

Genus

Pheidole